Thomas Woolfenden Goddard

20 April 1847–18 January 1909 (Age 61)
Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, England

The Life Summary of Thomas Woolfenden

When Thomas Woolfenden Goddard was born on 20 April 1847, in Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, England, his father, Robert Goddard, was 24 and his mother, Margaret Woolfenden, was 21. He lived in Ashton Under Lyne, Lancashire, England, United Kingdom in 1861 and Emery, Utah, United States in 1880. He died on 18 January 1909, in Los Angeles, California, United States, at the age of 61.

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Robert Goddard
Margaret Woolfenden
Frances "Fanny" Goddard
Thomas Woolfenden Goddard
Robert Goddard
James Goddard
Jane Goddard
Abraham Henry Goddard

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1850 · Los Angeles Is Incorporated
Age 3
Los Angeles was incorporated as a municipality on April 4, 1850.
Age 16
Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
Age 18
Abraham Lincoln is assassinated by John Wilkes Booth.

Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): from Godhard, a personal name composed of the ancient Germanic elements gōd ‘good’ or god, got ‘god’ + hard ‘hardy, brave, strong’. The name was popular in Europe during the Middle Ages as a result of the fame of Saint Gotthard, an 11th-century bishop of Hildesheim who founded a hospice on the pass from Switzerland to Italy that bears his name. This surname is also borne by Ashkenazic Jews, presumably as an Americanized form of one or more similar (like-sounding) Jewish surnames.English: perhaps occasionally a variant of the occupational name Gothard . The two surnames may have been much confused.French: variant of Godard , a cognate of 1 above.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (6)

  • Thomas Woolfenden Goddard, "England and Wales, Birth Registration Index, 1837-2008"
  • Thomas Goddard in household of Abraham Goddard, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Thomas W Goddard, "California Death Index, 1905-1939"

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